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Photography Associates

The Photography Associates was founded in 1989 to create a forum devoted to the art and appreciation of photography.

Membership in the Photography Associates helps to support the collection and activities of the Department of Photography at the Art Institute through the funding of acquisitions, the presentation of programs that foster understanding of photography, and the encouragement of private collecting.

Associates enjoy private dinners three times yearly—twice in the company of a prominent artist or scholar and once at the home of a notable collector in the Chicago area. Photography Associates members also receive invitations to at least one special exhibition opening. 

The Photography Associates season runs from October to May.

Annual dues:

$1,000 single membership
$1,500 dual membership
$2,500 platinum membership (admits two to all events)

Platinum-level members receive invitations to join the photography curators in additional activities at the museum, galleries, artists’ studios, and locations outside of Chicago. 

To join, click here

For detailed membership information, please contact the Department of Photography at (312) 443-3663 or send us an e-mail.

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